Metasequoia glyptostroboides (Dawn Redwood) Metasequoia

Metasequoia

Description: A large tree of conical habit. Soft flaky cinnamon bark. Bright larch green leaves during summer becoming tawny pink and golden in autumn. Small green cones turn brown when ripe. One of the most rewarding of trees to plant for the future.

History: First seen by a Chinese botanist in 1941, despite knowledge of its existence in pre-historic times from fossil records. Seeds were collected in 1947 and sent to the Arnold Arboretum, whence they were distributed to many gardens in America and Europe in 1948. Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Metasequoia Growing Tips: Grow in moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered position with sun or partial shade. Very tolerant of air pollution and waterlogged soils. Excellent specimen tree grows quickly to considerable height.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 6m x 2m

Attributes

  • Tree shape: Conical
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • L Size: Large
  • Chalk tolerant
  • Attractive bark
  • Autumn colour
  • Open space planting
  • Wet tolerant

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